Skip to comments.Leonardo DiCaprio Set For J Edgar Hoover Role In Biopic For Eastwood And Grazer
Posted on 06/17/2010 1:50:10 PM PDT by OldDeckHand
"He going to spread his wings," one of my studio sources tells me now that Leonardo DiCaprio is set to play J Edgar Hoover in the still untitled biopic. Already getting early Oscar buzz for Chris Nolan's Inception, Leo will be directed in the epic FBI drama by Clint Eastwood who's producing with Brian Grazer and Rob Lorenz through Imagine and Malpaso. Scripted by Dustin Lance Black, production begins later this year. The project began at Universal, where Imagine is based, but came together at Warners, where Eastwood's Malpaso has long called home. Imagine had been developing the Dustin Lance Black script for over a year before showing it to Universal, where the reaction was negative. But then Grazer got the screenplay to pal Clint (they did The Changeling and have had a personal relationship ever since), the two men met about it in mid-February, and the film has been on the fast track at Warner Bros, where this will be DiCaprio's first film with Eastwood. Great that DiCaprio is getting out of his Marty Scorsese rut.
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For people who are movie buffs, you might recognize the name of the screenwriter "Dustin Lance Black", as the same person who won the Oscar for the "Milk" screenplay a couple years ago. Given that movie's agenda, coupled with the fact that Black is an outspoken homosexual, I can only imagine how he treated the rumors of Hoover's predilections for women's clothes, which may be the reason for the switch to Clint Eastwood, who can still be a pretty liberal screenwriter himself, despite being a self-described Republican.
Played by di caprio - well that keeps the “fag” meme going that the KGB-inspired left has been pushing.
Whoopie Goldberg or Jackie Chan would make almost as much sense for this role.
Or is this "J. Edgar Hoover - The High School Freshman Years"?
Thats a good Choice Clint Eastwood is a cross dresser himself so this should be great
Kevin James would have been a good choice
The only person in that cast of characters I would single out is Brian Grazer. He is the prototypical example of someone with money who sets out to purchase an image for himself. And that image is “genius”, and it’s only an image. No mater how hard he tries.
This is a GAG, right? And what would be next? Maybe Pauley Shore playing Rick in a Casablanca remake??!! Barney Frank instead of Errol Flynn as Robin Hood? Woody Allen as the next Patton?
Much better actor than James
Not sure what Leo has in common with the others in acting ability, other than you apparently don’t like any of them.
While the left loves portraying gay folk as the best thing since sliced bread, they will no doubt portray J Edgar Hoover as a “Scum of the earth, repressed, closeted, self-hating homosexual, etc etc...”.
Funny how they claim they are gay friendly unless they want to demonize someone then they use the “ghey is bad” argument. And the Gay community just looks the other way...
Leo doesn’t exactly slum it with directors.
I don't know what his reason would be for the comparisons he mentioned, but mine would be the fact that they would all be miscast in those rolls, just like DiCaprio is miscast here.
DiCaprio may be a capable actor, but he's not believable in the role of Hoover. He just doesn't have the gravitas or stature as a person, not to mention age.
For this movie to work, you'd have to have someone like a Frank Langella, Christopher Plummer or Max Von Sydow, but a generation younger. I'm not exactly sure who that would be, but I know it's not DiCaprio.
Gangs of New York for example. Daniel Day Lewis can put some fear into you in a role. DiCaprio is like a chick with a little knife.
Outside of Hollywood, there's nobody who wouldn't smack him upside the head if he ever so much as spoke loudly to them.
Woody Allen as Patton...
that has possibilities..
George C Scott did leave the character with an unfinished polish...
Woody will surely supply that...
Not at all. You'd have to go back a ways until you got to a movie that he was in that wasn't directed by an Oscar winner. Plus, he's been in some of the most coveted roles of the last decade.
I may be in the minority, but I’m willing to give DeCaprio a chance.
I thought he was very good as Howard Hughes in “The Aviator”. There are many actors with much less talent (Tom Cruise, anyone).
Does anybody know for sure if the cross dressing rumors about Hoover are true?
I don't believe it has ever been conclusively proved. Hoover was never married. When a man is as old as Hoover without getting married, and without being a priest, certain rumors are almost unavoidable. Whether or not they had any merit, will probably always be a mystery.
He was. But, he was believable in that role because Hughes himself was a dashing, charismatic ladies man who personified adventure and had a flair for the dramatic - at least until he went bat guano crazy.
DiCaprio is too tall, too skinny and too young and frankly too good looking to play the potato-faced Hoover.
There will be something, you’re right. But even just being played by di caprio - he looks like a girl.
Don’t think he was supposed to be a badass in Gangs of New York, but it has been a while since I have seen it. Really he hasn’t played any roles like Daniel Day-Lewis such as Bill the Butcher or Daniel Plainview. Probably wisely. What roles are you thinking of where he is supposed to strike fear into everyone?
He seems like the type of guy who was married to his job.
It isn’t great casting, but the others are questionable actors, or not actors at all. Leo has the chops to play the part, if not the age or look.
A lot can be done with makeup though, look what they did to Charlize Theron. Too soon to know if that will be enough. I wouldn’t say Billy Crudup looks particularly like Hoover, but he did a good job in Public Enemies. He is about the same age as Hoover was when that film took place though, looks like Leo will be about 6 years younger than Hoover was at the youngest the film will concentrate on.
Also, DeCaprio is 35 years old. About the perfect age to play a biopic.
Better casting if they just use her.
There was once an episode of the X-Files titled “Travelers” that provided a flashback to Mulder’s father’s role in the early cold war era. The actors they had portraying J. Edgar Hoover and Roy Cohn were virtually dead-ringers for the actual people.
I couldn’t imagine Leo DiCaprio playing Howard Hughes in The Aviator, and he was excellent. It wasn’t long into the movie that I was seeing Howard Hughes rather than looking at DiCaprio. I wouldn’t underestimate DiCaprio; he really is a very good actor, and is able to play “physical” roles well. He is a strong man. However a bit tall to play Hoover, but I have a feeling that, like in his role in The Aviator, one will soon forget that and get wrapped up in the role Leo will play as Hoover.
Hell No! They weren’t true. The rumors were started
by a fag-hag socialist. They were intended by the
soviets to slander a dead man’s memories.
No other man in U.S. history did more to stop
the infiltration of communists into our federal
government that this one man. Do you think
he would go unscathed? Liberals and leftists
when they lose, they just rewrite history
to make themselves the winners.
G*d I hate ‘em.
Typical Hollywood type casting.
I’m sure the film will have a sodomy scene depicting Hoover with a pleasure boy.
Harrison Ford was once told, after a bit part, that he had no ‘star power’. The guy cited a big name actor and said “In his first role he was just a bellhop, but you could just take one look at him and tell he was going to be a star!”
Harrison Ford replied “I thought you were supposed to think he was a bellhop.”
Hoover was 29 when President Coolidge appointed him Director of the Bureau Of Investigation and 40 When President Roosevelt appointed him Director of the FBI when it replaced the old Bureau. DiCaprio is the right age to play a younger Hoover.
Does every movie have to star DiCaprio? 300 million people in this country, and Hollywood can’t find anyone else to play leading roles?
Leo is allegedly gay and has an extreme left wing ideology.
Dustin Black is gay ex-Mormon with compromising pix of himself all over the internet. X-rated gay pix.
Eastwood injected pc-ness into Iwo Jima, and other things. He’s definitely not a righty and hasn’t been in ages. He’s a moderate Dem if anything, at times extremely liberal.
And Leo can’t act.
I don’t expect this to be good, I expect it to be HORRIBLE.
Ever see ‘The Aviator’? or ‘This Boy’s Life’? LD is one of the best American actors of his generation.
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